Rommy returns to boost Cook’s crusade
ROMMY Boco has already announced his return to Accrington Stanley in style.
A goal on his second debut completed an impressive 3-0 win at previously unbeaten Cheltenham for the Reds last weekend.
But tomorrow’s visit of Bradford marks an even bigger day for the ‘King of Benin’ – his ‘homecoming’.
The 27-year-old was an unknown Frenchman when he first stepped out at the Crown Ground in September 2005. But his name was etched forever in the club’s history on August 12, 2006 when he scored their first goals on returning to the Football League, to secure their first post-promotion points with a 2-1 home win over Barnet.
Boco left to join Sligo Rovers two years later, where he won the League of Ireland, FAI Cup and played in Europe across two spells - either side of a year in China with Shanghai East Asia.
But last week he was reunited with former Sligo boss Paul Cook and Accrington, and he can’t wait to run out in front of the home fans again.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said the French-born midfielder, who was crowned ‘King of Benin’ by fans through his international exploits.
“It was good to play last week and get my goal. But I’m looking forward to my first home game.
“There are memories for me here.
“Accrington was my first club in England and I was treated very well.
“If I hadn’t been looked after the way I was the first time I wouldn’t stay in the English league, because it’s not easy when you change culture – when you are on your own and young. Unless you’re looked after you can’t stay, it’s too hard.
“I couldn’t communicate well because I didn’t speak the language. But the players, the club and the fans looked after me and made sure that I was happy.
“I always got a great reception from the fans.
“I feel loved so it’s easier for someone to develop in that environment.”
Four years on from his first spell, he is hoping to share the benefit of his experience with Cook’s young squad.
“The last time I was here I wasn’t confident. I couldn’t accept some criticism but I’ve grown up,” said Boco.
“I manage my football better and myself better outside football as well.
“I’ve got more experience with playing more games. I think I can help the young kids to do better.
“I know Paul and the way he works and what he wants to achieve.
“He wants to build a team to play good football and fight to be in the top half of the league. He wants to get Accrington as high as he can.”
And Boco believes that with the way the club has developed in his absence, they can aim high.
“The club has changed. It’s an established Football League club now, they have the facilities amd the pitch is a lot better,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to playing here again.
“It’s good to be back.”